Parks Group Praises House Democratic Proposal for Shovel-Ready Investments in National Parks that Create Jobs, Restore National Heritage

 
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Date:   January 15, 2009
Contact:   Andrea Keller Helsel, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 202.454.3332


Parks Group Praises House Democratic Proposal for Shovel-Ready Investments in National Parks that Create Jobs, Restore National Heritage

Statement by NPCA President Tom Kiernan

UPDATE: January 28, 2009 - The economic recovery proposal the House will vote on today now includes a $2.065 billion investment for the National Park System. Yesterday, a Manager's Amendment was agreed upon, which provides $15 million for renovation and preservation of buildings at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and strikes the $200 million for the National Mall Revitalization Fund.

The economic recovery package proposed by the House Democratic Leadership today contains $2.25 billion for job-creating, ready-to-go projects in America’s national parks. Specifically, the proposal contains $1.7 billion for pre-approved construction projects, $100 million for the National Park Centennial Challenge public-private matching grant program, and $200 million for restoration of National Mall ($100 million of which is contingent on a private sector match). These national park investments would create approximately 50,000 jobs.

The National Park Service would also benefit from $250 million in new funding for roads and other transportation needs that the House included under the Department of Transportation.

The House proposal also includes $200 million for a variety of national service programs; NPCA has advocated for the development of a new National Park Service Corps.

A statement by National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan follows.

“The House has proposed a bold, significant step toward revitalizing our national parks for our children and grandchildren by creating jobs today. This investment in our national parks is an investment in our quality of life, our heritage, and our future.

“This critically-needed proposal, if passed by Congress and signed into law by President-elect Obama, would bring immediate economic benefits—including approximately 50,000 jobs in rural and urban communities nationwide—and lay a strong foundation for restoring our imperiled national park heritage by 2016, the centennial of the National Park Service.”

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